Author / Scott DeToffol

A short, touching documentary of the last day that Linotype machines were used to print the New York Times, July 1, 1978. These highly skilled craftsman were well aware that their trade was no longer needed. This is a visceral illustration of the amazing rate of change, productivity and displacement that computers have created across […]

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/ February 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Falcon Heavy and Starman

Falcon Heavy and Starman

When I first heard that Elon Musk was sending his personal Tesla Roadster to Mars, I looked on TheOnion.com for the story. He wasn't kidding. SpaceX's test launch and flight of the world's biggest rocket was spectacular, including the mind boggling synchronous return of the twin rocket boosters.

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Neil Young released 54 years of recordings this week on a new website: Neil Young Archives. The site contains almost everything Neil has ever recorded or filmed, available for high-quality streaming over the internet. The site and all the content are currently free, but will eventually require a subscription. Obviously Neil is a musical icon […]

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Randall Munroe, the author of the fantastic XKCD web comic, created this graphic charting Earth’s average temperature from 20,000 BCE. This visual representation is very helpful in putting our planet’s relative temperature fluctuations in the context of time, planetary events and human expansion. It is not a coincidence that the startling change in the last […]

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I wrote an email to my congressional representative, Erik Paulsen, asking him to not support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I think congress should make improvements — and should have been doing so for years — instead of wasting time on repealing it. Below is the email I received in response (which I […]

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Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. As Jobs predicted the iPhone changed the world. Before the iPhone, only the technologically adept were interested in carrying around a pocket computer. Now, most American adults (64% and growing) have a broadband internet enabled multi-touch computer on their person at all times. […]

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There can be only one top album for me this year: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording). Even though it came out in September 2015, I discovered it in February of this year. This album has been on constant play in our house, car and headphones. More great music: The Drive-by Truckers, American Band Wilco, Schmilco […]

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/ October 13, 2016 / Comments Off on For the record

For the record

Trump is an absurd candidate and has proven to be an epic disaster as the Republican nominee. I never thought he had a chance of winning the presidential election, but I was wrong about that. He has a chance. With less than a month to go, it looks like his self destruction will prevent the […]

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A great look at one my favorite bands, playing on Minneapolis public TV station KTCA, around the time of their classic album “Hollywood Town Hall”. Set list: Wichita Two Angels Settled Down Like Rain Waiting For The Sun Crowded In The Wing The current lineup of The Jayhawks, sans Mark Olsen, have a great new […]

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